Are you traveling to Taichung and don’t know what to do? Then you’ll need to know what things to do in Taichung. Otherwise, you’ll waste your time aimlessly wandering around the city.
As you explore this piece, you’ll find recommendations on interesting Taichung, Taiwan tourist spots, nature attractions, and other things to do.
Here’s how to get to Taichung.
9 Things To Do in Taichung: Top Tourist Spots in Central Taiwan’s City
1. 921 Earthquake Museum #
On September 21, 1999, Taiwan suffered from losing over 2400 people and 8500 buildings due to the Jiji, or 921, earthquake.
Taichung hosts a museum in its Wufeng district that commemorates this horrific disaster. You’ll find exhibits here that include:
- Engineering education hall: visualizes how modern engineering minimizes earthquake damage
- Chelongpu Fault Preservation Hall: presents various images of the destruction that happened to the Chelongpu Fault
- Gallery: various audiovisuals and images that show what happened during the earthquake
- Reconstruction Record Hall: documents Taiwan’s efforts to rebuild the country after this disaster
- Disaster Prevention Hall: presents information on how to prevent future destruction from earthquakes
To get to the 921 Earthquake Museum, you can rent a YouBike, call an Uber or taxi, or take either of two buses. When taking bus 50, depart at the Earthquake Museum of Taiwan stop. Or, you can take buses 201 or 107 to Kengkou Village (Guangfu New Village) stop.
921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan address: No. 192號, Xinsheng Rd, Wufeng District, Taichung City, Taiwan 413
2. Chun Shui Tang: The Birthplace of Bubble Tea #
Taichung’s tea house, and the founding place of bubble tea, opened in 1983 and continues to serve today.
I recommend adding this to your itinerary, no matter what else you do in Taichung. Plus, it’s by a great sun cake shop, where you can also try Taichung’s other signature sugary delight.
They offer milk tea, food, and souvenirs—I recommend getting the postcards, they’re unique. Also, if you liked the tea that you had in the restaurant, consider buying some loose leaf tea to take home.
A small pearl milk tea will start at NT$80; whereas, Chun Shui Tang will charge NT$180 for their largest size.
You can choose whether you want hot or iced tea. Also, when ordering drinks from anywhere in Taiwan, you can tell them your sugar level, which includes:
- No sugar
- Least possible: 20% sugar
- Less: 80% sugar
- Regular: 100% sugar
Or, you can tell them how much ice you want—most ice, normal, less ice, or no ice.
Original Chun Shui Tang store address: No. 30號, Siwei St, West District, Taichung City, Taiwan 403
3. National Taichung Theater #
Opened in November 2016, the National Taichung Theater offers five floors of varying experiences for tourists:
- First floor: souvenir shop and cafe
- Second floor: a theater where many performances happen
- Third floor: children’s play area
- Fourth floor:
- Fifth floor: Tutu Gallery, which contains audiovisual and interactive exhibits; and another children’s play area
- Rooftop: anyone can visit this open-air space and explore the greenery, garden, and architecture
I highly recommend exploring the second floor.
Though it’s an area that hosts performances, you don’t need a ticket to walk around. Moreover, there’s a fascinating staircase that’ll take you to the upper floors.
You don’t need to pay anything to get into the National Taichung Theater.
So it’s another great thing to do on the list of things to do in Taichung if you’re on a budget.
To get here, you can drive, walk, rent a YouBike, or take the buses: 27, 75, 324, or the 309 shuttle bus.
4. Rainbow Village #
Situated in Taichung’s Nantun District, the Rainbow Village debuted in 2010.
How did this village appear?
It all began when the Kuomintang (KMT) retreated to Taiwan after losing the Chinese Civil War.
Soldiers constructed quick shelters, which eventually became villages.
During the 90s’, the Taiwanese government began destroying these aging villages. A man named Huang Yong-Fu was among the troops who retreated to Taiwan, and he also owned one of these homes.
Upon hearing about their coming demise, he began painting these buildings in an attempt to preserve them. Petitioning students along with Huang managed to save 11 buildings, which have become present-day Rainbow Village.
You can still find Huang, or Rainbow Grandpa, in the village.
Though he’s 99 years old (in 2022), he’s still maintaining his painted homes.
Once you get here, you can explore the village for food stalls, cafes, and souvenir shops. Otherwise, it’s a great place to learn more about Taiwan’s culture and history.
To get here, you could take bus 167.
Or, you can take bus 27 and depart at Gancheng Village (千城六村站), which is the 6th stop. You can also take bus 56, which will stop in front of the village.
Rainbow Village address: 408, Taiwan, Taichung City, Nantun District, 春安路56巷25號
5. Fengjia Night Market #
Fengjia Night Market, or Fengjia Shopping Town, sits next to Taichung’s Feng Chia University.
It was developed to accommodate nearby military personnel who resided in dependents’ villages, which were villages meant to house troops.
Now it’s one of the best things to do in Taichung if you’re looking for a great place for food.
Usually, night markets have a famous dish, but Fengjia doesn’t. I do recommend trying Dafeng Stewed Pork. Or, if you’re vegetarian, I recommend trying egg pancakes at Ming Lun Dan Bing.
Afterward, for dessert, you should try any of the market’s potato balls.
6. Premium Ice Cream and Pineapple Cakes at Miyahara Ice Cream #
In 1927, while Taiwan was under Japan’s control, a man named Takekuma Miyahara opened the Miyahara Eye Clinic in Taichung. After the occupation, the Taichung City Health Bureau eventually moved out of this building, and from there, it shuffled through varying businesses.
In 2010, Dawncake, a Taiwanese pastry company, purchased the ruins of the former Miyahara Eye Clinic, then transformed it into Miyahara Ice Cream.
If you venture inside, you’ll find that Miyahara’s atrium gives off a theme identical to Hogwart’s School of Wizardry from the Harry Potter series.
You can buy various pastries like pineapple cakes that come in interesting-looking tins. Or, you can find loose leaf tea. Next door, you can get ice cream.
They have over 50 flavors that include interesting flavors like Honey Cheese, Alishan Oolong Tea, and Caramel Apple. Also, for one scoop, you’ll pay NT$90, for two scoops for NT$160, and for three scoops at NT$225.
If you want a waffle bowl, you’ll need to pay an additional NT$20. Or, if you want “Luxury Toppings” like pineapple cakes and other fruit, you’ll have to spend an additional NT$80.
Miyahara Ice Cream address: No. 20號, Zhongshan Rd, Central District, Taichung City, Taiwan 400
7. Animation Alley #
If you love anime or American animation, you’ll fall in love with Animation Alley.
It’s one of the best things to do in Taichung for free.
As you stroll through the maze of buildings, you’ll find walls coated in graffiti of characters from different cartoon series or video games.
For instance, you’ll find every One Punch Man character in one scene. Whereas, in another scene, you’ll find the cast of Spongebob Squarepants.
From the research I’ve done, I couldn’t find a history tied to this alley. Like why everyone suddenly lined the walls with nostalgic characters. But, it’s still pretty and a great place to snap some pictures.
There isn’t too much to do here, aside from gazing at the visual spectacles lining the walls. You’ll find a comic and souvenirs shop along with a claw machine arcade. Depending on when you go, there may also be an open cafe for you to take a seat and relax.
It’ll only take you around 20 minutes to walk through the animation alley—depending on how many pictures you take. Or, if you find yourself glues to the alley’s claw machines.
To get here, you’ll want to take bus 25 toward Chung-Shin Elementary School. Or, you can walk for between 15–20 minutes from Taichung Station.
Taichung Painted Animation Lane address: Lane 100, Linsen Rd, West District, Taichung City, Taiwan 403
8. Taichung Confucius Temple #
Builders finished this temple’s construction in 1976 during the Song Dynasty. It follows a similar architectural style to the Qufu Confucian Temple in Shandong in China.
Now, it sits in Taichung’s North District and teaches visitors about the events during the Song Dynasty.
Sometimes, you may encounter events that promote local culture.
Taichung Confucius Temple address: No. 30號, Section 2, Shuangshi Rd, North District, Taichung City, Taiwan 404
9. Taichung Second Market #
Previously known as the Shintomichō Market, the Japanese colonial government built the Taichung Second Market in 1917. The name “Second” comes from that it was the second out of five markets the government intended to build throughout Taichung.
In the past, the Second Market sold high-end clothing and food. Nowadays, it’s a hub for Taiwanese cuisine.
The Second Market even has a stall, Mao Chuan, that sells ba-wan—sweet potato stuffed with savory sauce—which the Michelin guide passed a good rating to.
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Ready to Visit? Then Follow My Things To Do in Taichung
It isn’t as big as Taipei or New Taipei, however, you’ll never find yourself short of things to do in Taichung, Taiwan. Whether you want to visit relics to teach you more about the country’s culture or to indulge at a night market, you can keep yourself busy for days here.
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